Day 12 had us spending time near and on the island of Lanai. It is currently mostly owned by a software billionaire, but 2% remain in the hands of the local people.
We were parked for the day in the Mauele Bay.
Before we started our day we had a private tour of the ships engine room with the engineer. For most people on a cruise in Hawaii this wouldn’t be high on the list, but it was for me – very cool.
Twin 700 HP diesel engines (only one seen in this photo).
It was a relaxing day for all.
All of the crew of the ship have multiple jobs, including the captain – here explaining to the kayakers how to push off the boat and get started.
Which they all successfully did!
I opted for the skiff tour of the local geology. Note the mist coming out of the hole at the bottom center. There are numerous blowholes around Hawaii, basically small caves that the water is forced into where it runs out of space and come blowing back out.
While one of the smaller ones we saw, it did creates rainbows.
Our tour continued along the cliffs where there was clear evidence of the volcanic activity and subsequent abrupt movements of the earth that sheared off with dramatic results.
The most famed geologic point was Sweetheart Rock. At one point there would’ve been a large arch here but that came down long ago.
As with many other locations like this, local lore has it that one person had forbidden love and threw themselves to their death, hence Sweetheart Rock.
A local seabird (not sure what kind) coming in for a landing. It took him/her 4 tries!
Eventually the kayakers returned.
And everyone went for a swim. Most went off the back of the boat, but some of the more daring jumped off the 2nd deck, including this elderly woman from Mississippi!
Our afternoon was spent at a cat sanctuary (enough on that for a separate post), and some time in Lanai City.
Lanai was a pineapple plantation before rich people bought the entire island. Our driver (Neal) had grown up on the island and worked the plantation before working in the motor pool.
He eventually started his own shuttle business and now has a fleet of 14 vans. Oh – he also plays music and showed us photos of him with Steven Tyler and Mick Fleetwood!
After a tour of the town we returned to the beach for a sunset walk up to view Sweetheart Rock.
Another Hawaii day – another Hawaii sunset.